Major Ground Beef Recall: What You Need to Know

As a meat eater, beef recalls always freak me out. These major meat recalls seem to be happening more often than any of us would like, especially with ground beef, which is such a staple in so many American families' homes.

And now, there's another one: It was announced this week that Detroit-based meat producer Wolverine Packing Company is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef over concerns about E. coli contamination. Yes, more than a MILLION pounds of beef!


The recall, which comes at the same time as one for Kraft cottage cheese, happened after the Department of Agriculture found that the meat in question might be tainted with the E. coli bacteria. Eleven people have already gotten sick after eating the beef.

To identify if the beef in your fridge is part of the recall, look for the following information:

• The product would have the establishment number EST. 2574B.

• The meat would have a production date code in the format "Packing Nos: MM DD 14" between "03 31 14" and "04 18 14."

You can also see the entire list of recalled products on the USDA website. But the USDA states that "these products were shipped to distributors for restaurant use in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio."

Eating beef that has been contaminated with E. coli can cause severe cramps, nausea, and diarrhea, as well as other, more dire complications. And that's not all, the bacteria can also be spread from human to human. 

Consumers who have any questions can call Wolverine Packing Company at (800) 521-1390.

Has any meat you bought ever been recalled?


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